featuring Yolanda Kondonassis, harp
GEORGE WALKER Lyric for Strings
JENNIFER HIGDON Harp Concerto
DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 9, "New World"
What's interesting about these concerts?
Grammy Alert! – Composer Jennifer Higdon and Harpist Yolanda Kondonassis are nominated for a Grammy this year for the Harp Concerto you'll hear at the concert! Even cooler? The Grammy ceremony is on the same weekend as the concert, so Wichita has a potential Grammy winner in town!
Making History - The first (GORGEOUS) piece on our program is by George Theophilus Walker (1922-2018), the first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music (1996)
New World, New Sound – Although Antonin Dvořák emigrated to the United States from Czechoslovakia, he is largely credited with creating America’s signature symphonic sound with his “New World” Symphony. The gorgeous melodies in this, Dvořák’s most popular symphony, were directly influenced by Native-American music and African-American spirituals. Hear short samples from this landmark work below.
Support our Youth Orchestras - The parents of the Wichita Symphony Youth Orchestras (WSYO) have put together a FABULOUS silent auction that will be open for bids in the left lobby before the concert and during intermission in support of WSYO. Items will be open for bids at both concerts.
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ROY & ANN BAKER
THE MICHAEL BAYOUTH CHARITABLE FUND
THE SAM & RIE BLOOMFIELD FOUNDATION
NAFTZGER FUND FOR FINE ARTS
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Arrive Early for Concert Talks
If you’d like to learn more about the music in our concert programs, Concert Talks are just what you need! Before every Masterworks Concert, the Wichita Symphony Orchestra will present pre-concert talks which help prepare you and deepen your understanding of the music to be performed in the program. Sometimes our guest soloists even join Maestro Hege for a discussion of their concerto collaboration! Free to all ticket holders, Concert Talks take place in the Concert Hall one hour prior to each Masterworks performance.